- Making the Rapid Housing Initiative permanent with at least a $2 billion investment per year until the goal of ending chronic homelessness has been reached.
- Implementing a non-market acquisition strategy to enable the non-profit sector to purchase low-end-of-market rental buildings and preserve them as affordable in perpetuity.
- Developing and funding an urban, rural and northern Indigenous strategy to enable urban Indigenous organizations to provide culturally-supportive housing.
- Using federal tax policy to disincentivize the financialization of housing and to incentivize the construction of more market rental units annually that are within reach of local wages.
- Partnering with the Province to fund Complex Care Housing and provide adequate and appropriate supports for those currently falling through the cracks and unable to live stably in existing supportive housing.
“Canada has one of the most severe housing supply challenges of any OECD country,” said Victoria Mayor and BCUMC Co-Chair Lisa Helps. “This is showing up in our cities where hard-working residents can’t afford to live in them. We know local governments have a role to play in increasing housing supply and we’re committed to that, but we need strong federal policy and funding to assist.”
British Columbia’s urban areas are facing unique challenges coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The BCUMC wants to ensure the next federal government is ready to work in partnership with local government to address the most pressing issues facing cities across B.C., as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the future, including a changing climate.
A strong recovery depends on the creation of a new fiscal relationship between federal, provincial and local governments – one that provides cities with sustainable, predictable and reliable funding tools, so that they can support inclusive, equitable urban economies well into the future. To read the whole 2021 Blueprint please visit www.bcurbanmayorscaucus.ca.
About the BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus
The BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group of mayors from Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Prince George, Richmond, Saanich, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria, representing over 55 percent of the province’s total population. The group came together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and acts as a unified voice on critical issues facing their communities and the province. Online at www.bcurbanmayorscaucus.ca.
City of Kelowna
City of Victoria